Transition Options for Aging Parents

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Aging is a natural part of life, which we should all embrace and appreciate. Sometimes, it may seem that aging brings along new challenges, but with these challenges, there are new opportunities to grow and learn. What may have been easy a few years ago is proving to be more difficult now, which may mean that a transition to a smaller home or a specialized community may be a step that you or your parent will need to take in the future. Here are some of the best transition options for aging parents.

Condos & Retirement Communities

Downsizing from a large home to something a bit more manageable is desirable for many. After all, having to clean a house, maintain the yard and clear away snow can just be too difficult after a while, and once the kids have all left the nest, a house can start to be too much. Retirement communities are perfect for those who are active and wish to remain that way, as these communities typically have various amenities, including:

  • Fitness classes

  • Special events

  • Card games

  • Social hours

  • Golf & tennis (in some communities)

The options to stay active and social are endless, making this a top choice for many active older adults. A big perk of these communities is that most lawn and home maintenance is taken care of, since a lot of the ongoing maintenance of a home can start to become more challenging with age. Moving into a condo means a smaller area to clean and maintain. Another benefit is that many retirement communities are filled with new friends with similar interests, helping to keep up an active social life.

In-Home Care

For those who wish to remain in the home, but are finding that some everyday tasks are becoming too much, in-home care may be an option. In-home care professionals are able to be there for support, companionship and peace of mind, and they can also help with exercise, diet and nutrition. In-home care professionals make wonderful companions, helping aging parents stay active and social, while staying where they are comfortable.

Assisted Living

We may feel a little anxious when we hear the term 'assisted living' but in all actuality, the variety of assisted living centers are many. These range from accommodating residents who are very active to those who need a bit more help. Assisted living centers provide a great way to stay active with a multitude of activities available, and help is always just around the corner if needed. There's better nutrition and less stress, making this both a positive and safe environment.

Making a Transition

Whether you're seeking options for yourself or an aging parent, know that there are places available that cater to older adults, and based on your needs, there's a place out there that can work for you. From active communities to in-home care, smaller homes to assisted living centers, making the transition can be a positive process that can help make life a little easier and less stressful.

Top Moving Mishaps and How to Avoid Them

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Let's face it...moving isn't everyone's cup of tea and just the thought of all of the packing, sorting, bubble wrapping and unpacking can cause anxiety in many. In life, there will be times where moving is inevitable, especially for those who are considering downsizing into a smaller home, condo or even an assisted living facility. It's important to keep in mind that while this can be a stressful time, a lot of stress can be avoided by going about your move the right way and avoiding some common mistakes. Here are some of the top moving mishaps and how to avoid them.

Not Having a Plan

When you're planning a move, whether it's a small move or a sizable downsize, you'll need to formulate a plan in order to be successful. This plan includes a realistic timeline of your move, who will help you with packing, sorting, moving and unpacking, what moving companies (if any) will be involved and where all of the items will go. This is where many people fall short with their moves, because they don't sit down and write out a plan. Get your plan together by first figuring out how much time you have to move and what resources you already have available. This can be companies that you have researched and are ready to hire or friends and family who have offered to help.

Not Organizing Your Belongings

One of the most crucial steps in the moving process is figuring out what you're going to do with all of your belongings. You'll need to go through your things prior to moving day and decide what can be:

  • Kept

  • Donated

  • Sold

  • Thrown away

In doing this, you'll be able to stay on top of your plan and keep organized throughout the process. In failing to organize your belongings before you move, not only will you spend more time packing extra things, you'll also spend more time unpacking them and trying to find a place for them in your new residence. Stay organized in your efforts. Go through your home room-by-room and sort through all of your things. Although it may seem like a daunting task, it must be done prior to moving day to ensure a smooth transition.

Going At It Alone

Thinking that you can do it all by yourself is a recipe for disaster. Having to sort through all of your belongings, pack them, move them, unpack them and find new places for the items can be quite the challenge. It's helpful to enlist the help of professionals to help lighten the load and ease the burden of your move. Having a team behind you helps your move go more smoothly and keeps stress levels at bay.

Remember, moving can be challenging for everyone, but in sticking to some helpful tips, you'll be able to get the most out of your move and enjoy your new space. Limit stress and save time with a proper plan in place and good people behind you who can help you transition into your new home with ease.


Skid-Resistant Products for Seniors

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 Keeping the home safe for seniors is absolutely essential. With the risk of falling a real possibility, having precautions in place is a must. Many seniors choose to remain independent, and depending on their level of activity and ability to move around the house with ease, it may be a good idea to include some helpful items to ensure that you're limiting their risk of falling as much as possible. With more seniors living on their own comes the emergence of some effective products to keep them safe, happy and secure. Here are some essential skid-resistant products for seniors.

Dinnerware

It can be a challenge for seniors with limited muscle control to eat comfortably. Dinnerware with non-slip bottoms was designed for those who face these challenges, making it perfect for those with limited mobility, those who suffer from sight problems and those who have use of only one hand. Specialty dishes, plates and bowls are designed to help prevent accidents from happening and make eating easier for those who are having difficulties. Skid-resistant dinnerware is also perfect for those suffering from:

·       Parkinson's Disease

·       Stroke

·       Neurological problems

·       Tremors

 

Reduce the risk of accidents occurring for those who need a little extra help with a simple fix at the dinner table.

Bath Mats

Perhaps one of the most dangerous areas of the home is the bathroom and many independent seniors are fearful of falling here. Without proper tools to aid in the bathroom, the risk of falling can increase. That's why specialty bath mats were designed to suction to the bottom of the bath tub to ensure that they stay put when seniors step into the tub, bathe and exit the area. Many of these bath mats feature a comfortable surface that is available in a variety of colors to match the décor of the room and include suction cups that securely grasp the bottom of the tub. This aids in the prevention of falls and helps to keep seniors safe in this area of the home.

Area Rugs

Walking around the house shouldn't be a safety concern, but one slip on a rug can cause big problems for seniors. Area rugs and throw rugs can be a part of many households. Ensure the safety of a senior family member by including non-slip rugs in the home. Area rugs and throw rugs are available with non-slip backings to help keep them in place, so that the risk of slipping and falling on them can be decreased.

Ensuring Senior Safety

Although accidents can happen, even if safety precautions are in place, including some of these helpful products can aid in decreasing the risk of falls and injuries. Keeping seniors safe in the home is a top priority and non-slip products can aid in this important task. A couple of simple additions in the home can make a big difference. These are the opinions of reSettled Life. reSettled Life encourages you to always seek medical and professional advice when selecting these products.

Best Cardio Exercises for Seniors

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As we age, it's important to stay active. Not only does activity aid us in overall health, it helps with emotional health as well. Participating in some form of exercise is strongly recommended for seniors, but which exercises are safe and effective? Cardiovascular health is important at all points in life, especially as we get older, and there are a variety of effective forms of exercise available which are perfect for seniors. Here are some of the best cardio exercises for seniors.

Walking

Walking is a low impact way to stay active and mobile. Not only is it effective in aiding in the overall health of seniors, its free and helps get seniors out and about, instead of confined to the home. No matter what the temperature is outside, there are places to walk available. Great places to go for a stroll include:

 

·       Parks

·       Gyms

·       Malls

·       Grocery stores

 

This activity is perfect for seniors who wish to stay active, and it has a big impact on overall health and morale.

Swimming

Coined the “perfect exercise” swimming not only provides a cardio workout, it also helps strengthen the muscles. There's little to no stress on the joints and bones, making this activity perfect for those suffering from arthritis. Swimming is also a great workout for the mind, and it's also attainable any time of the year. Seniors can swim in an outdoor pool when it's warm and opt for an indoor pool when the weather is chilly, as many fitness centers offer indoor pools as part of their programs.

Cycling

Many seniors with joint issues get a lot out of cycling, whether indoors or out. Cycling helps with cardiovascular health as well as cognitive health, and it a great way to stay active. Stationary bikes are also available for those who are fearful of falling, making this cardio workout a popular activity among seniors, as it is low impact and safe.

Low Impact Aerobics

There are many aerobics classed targeted specifically for seniors, which include fun, effective workouts that are tailored to their needs, focusing on balance, core strength and low impact cardio. Group exercise programs provide a fun environment for seniors to get involved, stay active and make new friends. From low impact aerobics classes to Zumba and everything in between, there's a class out there to appeal to virtually anyone!

Cardiovascular Health in Seniors

Keeping your body healthy not only helps to prevent illness, it helps to keep your mind sharp and your morale high. Engaging in cardio workouts as a senior is an important part of life, and it begins with finding what you like to do. Maybe you're not a swimmer, but you enjoy cycling. Or maybe you prefer to partake in yoga or Pilates. No matter what activity sparks your interest, be sure to try to stay active and healthy at all points of your life. Your body and mind will thank you for it. reSettled Life does not take the place of your medical professional. Before starting any new type of exercise or workout routine, please consult with your doctor.

reSettling Life's Treasures: Stickley Furniture

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Few pieces can stand the test of time quite like those of Stickley Furniture. High-end craftsmanship, attention to detail and timeless design make this brand a legacy, carried on by family, passed down through generations. Still manufactured today and seen in many homes, Stickley Furniture takes a more classic approach to their work, offering high-quality products that are built to last. Let's delve into the world of Stickley Furniture to learn more about how the legacy began and what makes these pieces truly unique.

The Beginning of Lasting Design

Getting their start in the early 20th century, the Stickley brothers emerged with a new type of product...one that was designed of the finest quality and built to last. These pieces were built with honor, pride and integrity and emanated lasting design and master craftsmanship. The Stickley family desired that their furniture provided not only a decorative status in the home, but that it also provided function in the space.

 

When the Stickley brothers passed away, the legacy was carried on by the Audi family, who still continues to design and manufacture premium hardwood furniture, with the Stickley name, to this day.

A Different Style of Furniture

Every Stickley product is built with 'The Stickley Difference' making it a step above the rest. Instead of just another object in the home, the Stickley legacy intends for these pieces to be heirlooms, which are passed down and treasured from generation to generation. The Stickley brothers believed that furniture shouldn't be fake or gaudy, but high-quality and classic, thus making Stickley Furniture a trailblazer in the industry.

The World of Stickley

From fine pieces of furniture to designer rugs, Stickley creates a new type of product, which is meant to be featured in the home, instead of just blending in. Classic Stickley collections include:

 

·       Mission

·       Coronado

·       Classics Mahogany

·       21st Century

 

The products and collections under the Stickley name are impressive and there is a wide array of options when it comes to finding the collection that speaks to your style.

The Legacy of Vintage Furniture

Vintage design is still seen in many homes, due to the fact that these products were built to last for decades, not for a couple of years, like many new products on the market today. Families want pieces that they can pass down through generations, which is why you can still see classic pieces from Stickley and other vintage furniture manufacturers, such as Sikes & Henredon, grace many homes today. The Stickley family makes a wonderful point...your furniture is there through all aspects of your life. You eat dinner around the dinner table, share stories on the sofa and put your children to rest in their beds. So much time is spent living on our furniture, so why accept anything less than perfection?

 

 

 

 

The Benefits of In-Home Care  

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 Home is a place where we can make memories, relax and be comfortable, so it's no surprise that many seniors wish to remain home instead of relocating to an assisted living facility. Their memories are at home. Their things are at home. It may be worrisome for some family members to leave their senior loved ones at home, due to the fear of them falling or injuring themselves, and that's why there are services in place to help with these risks. The benefits of in-home care are numerous. Let's discuss if in-home care may be right for you or a loved one.

Skilled Care in the Comforts of Home

Having access to a skilled care professional right at home is one of the major benefits of in-home care. If you or a loved one struggles with small tasks and wishes to have some help, in-home care may be an option. Seniors are able to have supervision by certified, licensed nurses, who can aid them with everyday tasks, such as:

 

  • Bathing

  • Medication dispersal

  • Kitchen tasks

  • Sitting and standing

 

It's important to note that it's a good idea to speak with your health care professional to see if you or your loved one is able to stay in the home. Often times, the home tends to be too much for a senior, especially if there are a lot of stairs to climb or if it's too big to keep up with, so speaking about this option with a skilled professional is important.

Safety & Well-Being

In-home care professionals can make helpful adjustments to a senior's environment to help prevent injuries. For example, if there is a slippery floor in the home, an in-home care professional may place a non-slip pad or rug in that area to prevent a slip and fall from occurring. Seniors should be able to “age in place” comfortably and safely, so it's important to declutter, make modifications around the home and address any issues. This will help seniors stay safe if they wish to stay in the home.

 

In-home care professionals can also help with nutrition to ensure that you or a loved one is staying as healthy as possible. They can aid in nutrition counseling and can even arrange for healthy meals to be provided.

Being There for Seniors

Simple companionship can go along way and just having someone to talk to can make a big difference in morale. In-home care providers can accompany seniors on a variety of fun excursions, including:

 

  • Walking

  • Card games

  • Movies

  • Cooking & baking

  • Shopping

 

In just being there, it can help seniors live a more fulfilling life and help to keep their spirits up, while getting them out and active.

 

Remember, speak to your health care professional to see if in-home care may be right for you or your loved one. In-home care professionals understand the importance of home and can do wonders for the overall health and well-being of seniors to maintain comfort and companionship within the home. If your health care professional does believe that being at home is the right fit, it is important to work with a professional Senior Move Management Company that can help you with decluttering and organization and make your environment safe and easy for you to be independent in the comforts of your family home.

Product Spotlight: Recliner Risers

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Senior safety is a top priority, and while many seniors wish to remain independent, there are always risks that need to be taken into consideration. That's why it's important to incorporate helpful tools within the home to assist with everyday living. These tools not only make life easier for seniors, they can also help in reducing the risk of falls, keeping seniors safe in their homes. A product we'd like to spotlight can aid in senior living, not only at home, but also in assisted living centers. Recliner risers are being adopted into many senior homes to help keep them safe when standing and getting up from their chairs. Let's learn about recliner risers and how they can benefit senior living.

What are Recliner Risers?

Recliner risers make getting into a seated or standing position easier for those with limited mobility. The risers are installed under your recliner of choice to bring it up off of the ground approximately two inches. This helps when a person is attempting to get out of the chair, since recliners tend to lean forward, dropping down by about three to four inches. This makes it difficult for someone to get out of the chair when it is that low to the ground. By raising the chair off of the ground just slightly, it limits the forward tilt of the chair.

How Recliner Risers Help

Not only do recliner risers promote increased safety as you lower and lift yourself out of the chair, they also have a variety of other benefits. The ability to stand on your own is imperative, especially for those who choose to live independently, and installation of the risers is quick and easy. They simply attach to the bottom of the wooden base of the recliner, utilizing limited tools for installation. Other benefits of recliner risers include:

 

·       No interference with rocking and reclining

·       Non-slip pads increase senior safety

·       Compatible with most any type of recliner

·       Variety of colors and styles to match your home's look

 

This extra level of support can aid seniors in living a more independent lifestyle, either at their home or in an assisted living facility.

The Importance of Senior Safety

It's essential for seniors to stay safe and as active as possible, whether they live alone, in a facility or have the aid of a caregiver. By adopting certain helpful products into the home, seniors are able to live a more active lifestyle. One fall can be detrimental to a senior's health, so limiting this risk is imperative. Sitting and standing can pose a real hazard to many seniors, which is why finding tools to make this easier is important.

 

Senior safety is imperative. Making sure simple tasks can be performed with ease can help relieve stress and give seniors peace of mind, knowing that they have the help that they need to be able to live their best life. Taking preventative measures, even if mobility isn't an issue at the time can help alleviate problems in the future. Keep in mind the benefits of recliner risers and other helpful senior products to ensure that you or someone you know stays safe in the home.

****For informational purposes only, reSettled Life® states that these are viewed as helpful items, reSettled Life does not replace the advice or opinion of trusted medical profession

 

 

 

Strength Training Benefits for Seniors

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As we age, everyday tasks can become challenging. Simple movements, such as getting out of bed or taking a shower can pose a risk for potential falls, and many seniors worry that they'll slowly start to lose their independence completely. In recent years, more and more seniors have begun to incorporate strength training into their routines to help improve their overall quality of life, and the results are impressive. From increased strength and stamina to the ability to perform certain tasks, strength training has proven to be beneficial for seniors and young adults alike. Read on for some of the top strength training benefits for seniors.

Improve Strength & Balance

Many seniors can struggle with balance and are fearful of falling. By incorporating strength training into their routine, seniors can reduce their risk of falling by 40%. Seniors have the chance to improve core strength and coordination, which aids in better balance. With improved core strength, individuals are less likely to overcompensate by using their back muscles while performing tasks, which can often result in injuries. Strength training also improves posture to help to avoid slouching and rounded shoulders.

Reduce the Symptoms of Certain Diseases

According to healthcare professionals across the globe, strength training aids in reducing the symptoms of certain diseases, including:

·       Diabetes

·       Osteoporosis

·       Back pain

·       Depression

 Strength training is prescribed to manage arthritis and can also help to control glucose levels in diabetics. Another benefit of strength training is maintaining a healthy weight. Many seniors who engage in routine activity have a better chance of maintaining a healthy weight than those who don't participate in an exercise routine regularly.

Promote Independence & Improve Mood

Exercise releases endorphins, which help to raise energy levels, promoting a better mood. Exercise also helps with a better night's sleep. For many seniors, losing their independence can be a major concern; however, by adding exercise into their routines, seniors have an increased level of independence. By getting stronger and improving strength and coordination, many seniors are able to do more on their own, and in attending classes at a local facility, many seniors are able to form friendships with other seniors to hold them accountable and keep them active.

The Importance of Staying Active

At any age, it's important to do your part in staying active and leading a healthy lifestyle. For seniors who are looking to improve their health and well-being by incorporating strength training and exercise into their lifestyle, it's important to speak with a healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program. The benefits of strength training in seniors is apparent, and the results are astonishing. In writing this blog, we contracted with a nationally certified personal trainer who works with seniors on a daily basis.

**For informational purposes only, reSettled Life® states that these are viewed as helpful items, reSettled Life does not replace the advice or opinion of trusted medical professionals.

How Seniors Can Get Involved During the Holidays

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During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, many seniors want to be involved, seeking opportunities to stay active and help the community. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and there are many options for seniors who wish to get involved this holiday season. Whether it's cuddling puppies at the local animal shelter or serving meals to the less fortunate, seniors have a valuable place in society, especially during the holidays. Here's how seniors can get involved during the holidays.

Greeters & Gift Wrappers

Many stores hire extra help during the holiday season. After all, with all of the extra traffic in the store and the need for more merchandise, extra sets of hands are always welcome. Seniors are perfect additions to the holiday team. Not only do they help out the store, they can also get in the holiday spirit and stay active. Many stores hire for greeters to welcome eager holiday shoppers into the store, and it's a perfect way for seniors to bring cheer to others. The great thing about most greeting jobs is that you have the option to sit or stand, so if standing for long periods of time isn't possible, it's not a problem to have a seat and still get the job done.

 Department stores, especially, tend to offer gift wrapping services during the holidays, and what better way for seniors to get involved than helping shoppers wrap their gifts? Spread a little holiday cheer this year and help out your local retail community.

Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army has thousands of bell ringers stationed throughout the country, making this another great way for seniors to get involved during the holidays and be a part of a good cause. Mostly placed at grocery stores, small shops and shopping plazas, Salvation Army bell ringers not only help members of the community get involved, they also aid the less fortunate. Again, if standing for long periods of time isn't possible, there's no problem with having a seat while you're helping to bring joy to others during the holidays.

Other Volunteering Opportunities

Non-profit organizations are always looking for volunteers, no matter what time of the year it is, making this another perfect way for seniors to get involved. Organizations to consider include:

·       Local animal shelters

·       Hospitals

·       Big Brothers Big Sisters

·       Local meal programs

 Volunteering is not only a rewarding experience, it helps to increase morale, while giving back to the community. A little bit goes a long way, so find an organization that you're passionate about and see if they need some extra help. Chances are, they'll welcome you with open arms.

Seniors and the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenging time for seniors, especially those who may not have many family members nearby. In getting involved with the local community, it brings a sense of purpose and joy to the lives of many. It also helps seniors stay active and positive during the holiday season. If you're wanting to get involved, take a look around. You may be surprised at how many organizations are in need of some extra help this holiday season.

 

 

Sterling Silver vs. Plated Items: What's the Difference?

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When it comes to silver items, you'll notice that there are many to choose from and a variety of price points. If you're shopping for these items, you may run into your choice of sterling silver and plated silver, but how can you tell which item is the better find? Just like anything you shop for, there are high quality pieces and there are less quality pieces and depending on what you're looking for and your budget, you'll need to decide which is the best choice for you. When it comes to sterling silver versus plated items, what's the difference?

  What is Sterling Silver?

Sterling silver is perfect in a variety of applications, such as:

  • Jewelry

  • Serveware

  • Vases

  • Bowls

  • Candle holders

  • Decorative items

To be considered sterling silver the item should be comprised of 92.5% pure silver. The remaining 7.5% belongs to other types of metals, which give the material its strength. Pure silver is not used, simply because it isn't strong enough to be constructed into some of these items that you see everyday. The remaining metals ensure that the item will stand the test of time, provided that it is cared for properly.

What is Plated Silver?

When an item is considered to be plated silver, it means that the base metal of the item is not silver and that is it simply coated in a thin layer of silver. These items typically are constructed out of the following metals:

  • Brass

  • Copper

  • Nickel

 Since they don't contain the amount of silver that can be found in sterling items, these plated items have less resale value.

How to Tell If An Item is Sterling Silver or Plated Silver

Don't be discouraged if you're finding that your silver is starting to tarnish. It doesn't necessarily mean that it's not real silver. Sterling silver can tarnish if not properly cared for, but plated tends to tarnish more quickly and the results are irreversible. One test that can be performed is the acid test. A small sample is taken from the item and immersed in an acid solution. If the item changes the color of the solution, it means that it is composed of less than 92.5% silver and is not real. Now, this can pose a problem when shopping, since it may be a little difficult to perform a test of that caliber on the spot; however, just taking a look at the price differences should give you your answer. Sterling silver carries a higher price point than plated silver and will most likely be marked accordingly.

  Collecting Sterling Silver and Plated Items

Depending on what you're looking for and your budget, you'll be able to find some beautiful items, both sterling silver and plated silver, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled when it comes to finding some unique pieces for your collection.

Top 5 Must-Have Items for Seniors Living Alone

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Many seniors are still very independent, often still living alone and bypassing senior care facilities. For those who strive to live at home without the help of others, there can pose a few challenges along the way. However, with a little assistance from some helpful items, living alone as a senior is possible. Here are our top five must-have items for seniors living alone.

1. Shower Chairs

For seniors, a fall in the shower can be devastating to their overall health and mobility. Have peace of mind with a shower chair, designed specifically for seniors with limited mobility or those who are beginning to have mobility issues. It's not worth the risk of a fall, and shower chairs make the perfect addition to many bathrooms. Many brands don't even require tools to assemble and are rust-proof with wider legs for increased stability in the shower.

2. Medical Alert Systems

We live in an age where help is just a click away. Get medical assistance with the click of a button, no matter where you are. Many new medical alert systems come equipped with advanced GPS tracking, making locating seniors in trouble effortless. Medical alert systems work in a variety of places, including:

 

·       At home

·       Running errands

·       In the car

·       On a walk

 

The ability to received immediate medical response is what makes this one of the top must-have items for independent seniors, providing them with the assurance that they need in order to live alone with confidence.

3. Grab Bars

Grab bars are easily installed and provide assistance with getting up from the toilet, out of the shower, or virtually anywhere else in the home where a little extra help is needed. Reduce the risk of a fall in these areas of the home that tend to be problematic. Grab bars come in a variety of different styles; some of which require installation and some varieties are suction-based.

4. Jar Openers

Many seniors who strive to stay independent can struggle with everyday tasks in the kitchen. For those who have reduced strength, opening a jar can be a challenge. That's why there are mechanical, automatic jar openers available that make this task easier, reducing limitations in the kitchen.

5. Gripped Bath Mat

For those who wish to shower without the assistance of a shower chair, gripped bath mats can decrease the chance of slipping and falling. These gripped mats alleviate this risk, providing a non-slip surface in potentially one of the most dangerous areas of the home for seniors.

Independent Seniors

Independence is completely attainable as a senior and with the help of these trusted items, seniors living alone can have increased confidence and are more comfortable taking care of themselves, as opposed to opting for a care facility. Have increased peace of mind by incorporating these items into the home.

**For informational purposes only, reSettled Life® states that these are viewed as helpful items, reSettled Life does not replace the advice or opinion of trusted medical or legal professionals.

reSettling Life's Treasures - Milk Glass

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Milk glass can be a beautiful addition to many collections. It's smooth, milky appearance gives it an air of class and sophistication, perfect for many collectors to showcase in their homes. When it comes to starting your collection, there are a few key points to keep in mind. Finding the perfect pieces that add to your collection is important and finding those that are antiques can sometimes be a challenge if you don't know what you're looking for when you're at a shop or an online auction. If you've got questions, here's your guide to collecting milk glass.

Milk Glass Facts

Originating in 16th century Venice, this opaque or translucent milky white glass, otherwise known as milk glass, could be blown or pressed into various shapes. These shapes include:

 

·       Vases

·       Serving trays

·       Bowls

·       Cups

·       Pitchers

·       Salt & pepper shakers

 

Milk glass can also come in a variety of colors, including pinks, blues and yellows. Victorians named it milk glass, due to its resemblance to porcelain, and many antique pieces are still available today.

How to Know If a Piece is Valuable

A genuine antique dates back at least 100 years, and when it comes to milk glass, look for what's called a “Ring of Fire” when held up to the light. This means that you'll be able to see a ring of iridescent reds, greens and blues. Keep in mind that if your piece doesn't show this, it doesn't mean that it's not an antique. Some pieces have this effect, while others simply do not. Another way to tell if your piece is an antique is its texture. Antique milk glass has a silk-like texture, while more modern pieces have a grainy feel.

Milk Glass Markings

It's important to look at the marking on the bottom of the piece to best discern where it came from and if it's valuable. There are certain patterns that can be included on an antique piece, such as a daisy, holly, hobnail or stars. There may even be an inscription of where the piece was made that you can look up to gain more information about the particular piece. There are many places to learn more about milk glass online and also in libraries, so that you can find the best pieces for your growing collection.

Your Milk Glass Collection

Finding the right pieces for your collection depends on your unique style and what you're looking for in a piece. You may choose a piece simply for its beauty, while other collectors look specifically for valuable items.Milk glass has an unmatched and timeless beauty that fits in with virtually any style in the home, and these classic pieces are perfect for any collector, whether seasoned or just starting out.

Best Jobs for Seniors

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When you're retired, you may not know what to do with all of the free time on your hands. This can be especially challenging for seniors who are active and want to get out and do something! Some seniors want something extra to do, while others would like a bit of extra income. No matter what you're looking for, there's a place for seniors in the workplace to stay involved, active and mentally stimulated. Here are some of the best jobs for seniors.

Hotel Concierge

If you're a people person and are familiar with your area, a hotel concierge might be the perfect job for you. This is a great job for seniors who wish to interact with guests, showing them all that there is to do in town, while in a comfortable environment. There's no heavy lifting or high impact tasks here...just fulfillment in helping guests choose the following:

 

·       Restaurants

·       Entertainment

·       Activities

·       Tours

·       Events

 

If you're looking to stay involved and active, a hotel concierge position might just be the job for you. You get to interact with people and have fun helping out!

Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

If you're still quite mobile this might be a very rewarding and fun job. Many seniors turn to pet sitting or dog walking to keep them up and active, and it's a perfect job for animal lovers. This is a great opportunity to either work for yourself or get involved with a company that provides these services. Work as much or as little as you wish, and care for animals at the same time. What could be better?

Volunteering

Do you have a cause or organization that you're passionate about? If you're not looking to make extra income, but are looking to stay involved, volunteering might be for you. You can volunteer at many places, including local food banks or animal shelters, lending a hand to those in need. A helping hand is always appreciated at various charities and non-profits, making this a rewarding job for many seniors.

Retail

The holidays are perfect for seniors who want to stay busy. Many retailers are looking for extra help this time of the year, and seniors can make the perfect gift wrappers, and greeters. It's a fun time to get involved and put smiles on faces, and many seniors opt for retail jobs both seasonally and permanently.

Seniors Staying Active

Being a senior is an exciting time. All of your hard work over the years, whether it be in the home, work place or both has paid off and you're able to retire peacefully. It doesn't mean that you still can't be involved in the community! Get and stay active with a job that is rewarding to you. Help people, help yourself and spread joy while you get involved!

reSettling Life's Treasures

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Considered some of the most intricately-designed pieces still available today, Capodimonte lamps are exquisite. Hand-crafted out of only the finest materials, more and more collectors are searching for these beautiful pieces to add to their collections. With so many options for design, size and style, Capodimonte lamps are proving to be very popular, no matter the style. From large Victorian pieces to small table lamps, Capodimonte is a staple for elegant and sophisticated style.

About Capodimonte Porcelain

The lamps and many other Capodimonte products are constructed out of fine Italian porcelain. Capodimonte was a factory in Naples, Italy, started in the mid-1700's, later moving to Madrid years later. Their original signature mark was a blue fleur-de-lys, and is best known for their detailed figurines. Many products have been produced by Capodimonte, including lamps, chandeliers and decorative pieces, and many of these pieces are very popular among collectors today.

Capodimonte Lamps

Intricate and ornate, these special lamps come in a variety of styles and designs, and are constructed of only the best materials, including:

 ·       Brass

·       Porcelain

·       Marble

·       Velvet

 Made of only the finest Italian porcelain, Capodimonte lamps have stood the test of time and are still widely available online for avid collectors.

Capodimonte Lamp Designs

There are many unique designs and signature marks of the Capodimonte brand. The fleur-de-lys was the first signature mark and later, more marks came into existence, like the crown mark that can still be seen today. Capodimonte lamps come in a variety of different designs, including:

·       Victorian women

·       Animals

·       Floral designs

·       Cherubs

 Some lamps are small table lamps, while others are large standing lamps. No matter the size, the ornately-designed pieces are perfect to add style and elegance to a space. Many collectors choose to showcase these pieces at shows or at auctions. Some are just aficionados of the Capodimonte brand and choose to collect them for their home. Either way, the Capodimonte brand lives on.

The Capodimonte Legacy

Finding pieces that are still in existence today and are in impeccable condition can be a challenge with many vintage products, but Capodimonte lamps have stood the test of time. Many of these lamps are for sale online and at auctions and are very popular additions to any space, traditional or contemporary. It can be difficult to find a piece that can complement any space.

Product Spotlight: Smart Beds for Seniors

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With so many technological advances in recent years, it's no surprise that the realm of senior living has benefited from these breakthroughs. After all, technology makes life a bit easier, giving us access to information within seconds. When it comes to senior living, it's imperative to have access to vital information at a moment's notice. Smart Beds for seniors are becoming increasingly popular in many care facilities. Here's what you need to know about this revolutionary new product for the future of senior care.

What are Smart Beds?

These technologically advanced beds not only provide extra comfort that seniors need, they also measure vital signs and other important information that help caregivers on a daily basis. Remotely-monitored to better aid seniors both at home and at care facilities, Smart Beds measure:

 

·       Heart beat

·       Respiration

·       Oxygen levels

·       Other important vital signs

 

This gives caregivers access to their patients at all times, helping to eliminate the risk of injury or other problems in seniors.

How Do Smart Beds Work?

Using small biometric sensors placed beneath the mattress, Smart Beds are able to transmit this information to servers, backed up in the cloud. Caregivers are able to forward this information to the following devices:

·       Computers

·       Smartphones

·       iPods

 

No matter where you are and what time of the day it is, caregivers have the information they need to ensure their patient is thriving.

The Benefits of Smart Beds

Gone are the days of bulky tubes and wires. Smart Beds alleviate the need for many wires to be attached to a patient, instead replaced by the small sensors in the bed. This helps to provide an added comfort level to seniors. The responsive design of these beds makes it possible to be alerted to changes in vitals and problems with a patient quickly and effortlessly. Caregivers now have more peace of mind, knowing that they can access their patients' vital signs in the palm of their hand at a moment's notice.

Smart Beds: The Future of Senior Living

More and more senior care facilities are implementing Smart Beds for the comfort and benefits that they give to patients and caregivers alike. Being able to have access to vital information, all while keeping the patient relaxed and comfortable is of the utmost importance. Ensure the safety and security of your patient or loved one and have peace of mind, knowing that they are being monitored at all times. The future of senior living is here with Smart Beds.

Local Senior Move Management Company Announces Growing Number of Retired Military, Police and Teachers on Staff

Union, KY, September 5th, 2018-- Full service senior move management company, reSettled Life has shown a growing number of retirees in the military, police and education sectors as part of their organization. Assisting with the transition of seniors, aged 55 and over, reSettled Life aids residents in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area with downsizing, floor planning, packing and resettling into their new homes.

reSettled Life employs a number of retired police officers, military personnel and teachers who wish to assist clients in transitioning into their new lives. Not only do these helpful individuals get to help others, they also get the chance to get back into the workforce, and reSettled Life helps to make the work/life balance a fulfilling experience. This fully customizeable senior move management company takes care of every detail from packing and moving to unpacking and resettling clients into condos, smaller homes and senior living facilities.

Founded by Amy Wright, reSettled Life (www.resettledlife.com) takes the stress and worry out of downsizing and relocating seniors to new homes or facilities. The experts at reSettled Life pack a client's belongings, transition them to a new home and unpack completely. From hanging pictures on the wall to organizing the space down to the last detail, these experts lend a helping hand to those who need it during this time of transition. reSettled Life also holds online auctions of items from the estate, helping to leave the client's home completely cleared out and ready for the next owner.

Wright speaks about the importance of having these helpful retirees on staff and the benefits they bring to the organization.

“Our staff, primarily the retirees, have helped people their entire lives, and many have gone through this transition themselves, making them such an asset to our team. Our clients need people who will help them through this stressful time with a smile on their face and our retired staff members do just that. I am amazed and humbled at what we do for our clients and I am truly looking forward to what we're going to accomplish together in the future,” she says.

About reSettled Life

A member of the National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), reSettled Life got its start by Amy Wright, who realized the need for this unique type of moving service in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area. Assisting clients who are 55 and older, the reSettled Life team helps these clients relocate and downsize into smaller homes, condos or senior care facilities, aiding in packing, moving, unpacking, auctioning off items from the estate and more. reSettled Life's mission is to be there for their clients, taking the worry out of senior transitions.

For more information about reSettled Life, please call (859) 663-1713, email info@resettledlife.com  or visit www.resettledlife.com.

Contact

Amy Wright

(859) 663-1713

amy@resettledlife.com

 

To Retire or Not to Retire: How to Know When It's the Right Time

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Choosing to retire is a big step that takes much planning and organization. Just because you're no longer working, doesn't mean that your financial responsibilities go away. That's why it's imperative to plan accordingly and choose the right time for you. No two people are alike, which means that what works for one person may not work for you. You'll need to ask yourself a series of questions when trying to determine if you should retire. We're here to help you take a look at your situation more closely, so you can make the right decision. Here are our tips on how to know when it's the right time to retire.

Your Financial Situation

One of the main factors to consider when deciding whether or not to retire is your financial situation. After all, you'll still have financial obligations, so it's important to determine if you've saved enough to be able to retire. It's helpful to set a goal of how much you'd prefer to have saved for retirement in order to live comfortably. Have you reached that goal or do you have a little bit more to achieve? Also, ask yourself how you want to spend your retirement. You have a lot of options for retirement, including:

·       Traveling

·       Moving

·       Downsizing

·       Taking care of loved ones

Will you be able to do these things with the money that you have allotted for your retirement? This will need to be considered as you attempt to decide on the right time to retire.

Your Health & Wellness

Another factor to take into consideration is your overall health. Are you starting to have some health issues that you need to focus on more closely? Then it may be a time to consider cutting back on work responsibilities. If you've still maintained overall good health, you may decide to keep working for a little bit longer or you may want to think about scaling your workload back a bit by choosing to work part-time or from home. Another aspect to consider is how your loved ones are feeling. If you've got a spouse or family member who is having a health issue, you may want to allot more time, in order to be there for them.

Your Accomplishments & Future Goals

You may have spent quite some time in your career and have constructed a list of goals that you've wanted to reach throughout the years. Are you satisfied with how your career has gone? Have you accomplished the things you've set out to accomplish in your career? Maybe you'd like to reach one more goal. If so, you may decide to put retirement aside and focus on reaching that goal. You'll also need to think about future goals. How would you like to spend your time in retirement? Plan for how you want to spend your time, where you'd like to spend it and who you'd like to spend it with as you navigate the world of retirement.

Your Retirement

No two people choose the exact same way to spend their retirement, which is why you'll need to make the decision based on what's right for you. Asking yourself these important questions will help you better determine when the right time will be for you. Take your time and plan accordingly. These are your years. Spend them how you desire.

Four Ways to Spend Your Golden Years

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When it comes to your golden years, the possibilities are endless. Traveling along the open road, visiting someplace new or settling into a new community are all options when you reach that point in life. It may seem scary for some to think about what happens when you no longer work everyday. In fact, many seniors work part-time or even volunteer to keep busy. You have achieved many milestones in life and have made an impact on many lives. It's time to relax and enjoy it all. Not sure how to spend your time? Here are four ways to spend your golden years.

1. Take a Trip

A vacation seems like the ultimate reward for a job well done. You've worked hard throughout the years, whether in your career or at home, or both. It's time to take a moment to enjoy the sites that you maybe haven't seen before. Take a trip overseas and visit a country you've always wanted to see or visit grandchildren who live out of state. Learn about your heritage and visit where your ancestors are from or simply take a visit to a nearby park or tourist destination you've always wanted to visit. It doesn't have to be a trip across the pond to be a memorable experience.

2. Travel the Country

It can be a lifelong dream to jump in an RV and travel the country. See sites, like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains and everywhere in between. Map out a road trip for you and your loved ones to take, and enjoy the sites together. See what our beautiful country offers and create memories in these once-in-a-lifetime destinations.

3. Become a Snowbird

You may have heard of snowbirds before. They live in the north primarily during the summertime and travel south for the winter months. Oftentimes this works for seniors who desire to spend time with grandchildren and family in a comfortable climate, then escape the cold to a much warmer location. Many snowbirds opt to buy houses or condos in their winter location, keeping them furnished and ready for anyone who wants to drop by for a visit. There are many benefits to becoming a snowbird, including:

 

·       More activities all year round

·       Better weather

·       A different group of friends, who share similar interests

·       A more leisurely change of pace

 

Becoming a snowbird lets you enjoy different communities and allows you to experience a new area of the country. You can stay active all year long and make new friends in the process.

4. Move Into a Retirement Community

Some seniors may decide that a house may be too much upkeep for them and opt to move into a retirement community. There are many varieties of retirement communities, ranging from independent to assisted living, depending on your needs. Oftentimes, seniors may decide to start in an age-restricted community, where there are many activities geared toward people their age. These residents can lead active lifestyles and participate in a variety of activities, such as golf, tennis, crafts, music and more.

Your Golden Years

These years are yours, no matter how and where you choose to spend them. Do something you've always wanted to do or travel somewhere you've always wanted to visit. Try out a new hobby or meet new people who share your same interests. There's a beautiful life ahead for you to enjoy.

 

 

Top 5 Vintage Items That are Making a Comeback

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There are certain items that are simply timeless. They invoke a sense of nostalgia, and you can't help but smile when you see one of these authentic vintage pieces as you pass by an antique shop or run across one in a magazine. Many vintage pieces are becoming more and more popular today, as the appreciation for these unique items grows. Learn about our top five vintage items that are making a comeback in today's world.

Vinyl Records

Although it may seem easier to pop in your headphones and turn on your iPod, there's something special about placing a vinyl record in a record player and being transported to another time. Really establishing the mood, vinyl records have become increasingly popular with people of all ages in the last decade. From kids to older adults, there seems to be more and more enthusiasts getting entranced by the soulful sound of vinyl, complete with its imperfections. This has in turn developed a need for turntables, which are making their comeback as well.

Cozy Sofas

In the modern-day world, less seems to be more. Less design, less detail, less color. But plush sofas are having a moment. Velvet, cushy sofas are making their way back into more and more homes, as they prove to be more comfortable additions to the home. They not only provide a cozy space to talk and relax, they also add a bit of style to the room as well.

Classic Jukeboxes

We're not talking about the digital varieties that you see in some restaurants, but the classic versions with real records inside. Old-fashioned jukeboxes are making a comeback in many dining establishments across the country, bringing back the aura of simplicity, promoting good music and good company.

Stained Glass & Wallpaper

Stained glass is making a big comeback in the world of home and design, as it gives windows a bit of character, as opposed to the plain, contemporary designs of today. More and more homeowners are opting for stained glass to add a bit of life to the home, especially in these areas:

·       Kitchens

·       Bathrooms

·       Hallways

·       Foyers

 

Another trend that is starting to creep back into the home is patterned wallpaper. Not used all over the home, like it was before, but instead as an accent piece, patterned wallpaper gives the space a bit of color and style.

Old-Style Cameras

Film photography is also making a big comeback as well. More and more people want memories that are tangible, and are investing in actual cameras that take actual film, as opposed to the digital options that we see in the stores today. In fact, Polaroid released a new variety of camera just a few years ago that was well-received by the public.

Vintage Trends Never Go Out of Style

There's something special about these vintage items that bring with them a sense of uniqueness and simplicity. They may not be the latest technological breakthroughs, but they were built to last and built with care. So, the next time you run across a vintage piece, take a moment to appreciate where it came from and relish in its classic beauty. You never know what may make a comeback next!

How to Help Seniors With Technology

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We live in an incredible time. Being able to connect with someone face-to-face through the touch of a button, instantly sending messages using the sound of our voice and the feeling of being together when we're far apart make the benefits of technology hard to beat. With all of the new devices and programs in the industry today, it can be difficult to keep up, especially if you're not used to this new world. For seniors, technology can be an idea that's foreign and seemingly impossible to embrace. Here are our tips on how to help seniors with technology.

Step-By-Step Guidance

Since much of the technology that we use today wasn't available for most of a senior's life, the whole concept can appear alien, but with a little guidance, you can show them that technology is pretty remarkable. An effective way to help seniors grasp various aspects of technology is to lead them through it step-by-step. Introduce them to the different tech tools and programs, such as:

·       Laptops & computers

·       Smartphones

·       Tablets & iPads

·       Apps

·       Cameras

 

Let them see these tools in action. Take a moment to show them that there's nothing to be afraid of, starting slowly and building their knowledge as you go. Most of all, be there to answer any questions. Knowing that there's a resource there to teach them can mean a world of difference.

Tailoring Technology to Seniors

Often times, technology needs to be tailored to our individual needs at any age. Some seniors may have difficulty seeing or hearing and when it comes to tech devices, this can pose a problem. This can be fixed by changing the font size to a bigger option or the ringer to a louder volume. Making these simple fixes can help seniors adapt to technology with ease. There are also devices and resources on the market that are designed with seniors in mind. Taking a look into these options can be beneficial.

Keeping a Positive Outlook

Technology can be frustrating for anyone, not just seniors. As a whole, we're all learning new things as technology constantly evolves. Stay positive if you're helping someone who's not too familiar with technology as they figure it out. Remember, you had to learn it all once too. Take breaks, have fun and learn together. Find an app that you're both interested in and learn how to use it or try out your new camera together.

Technology is Important

As we continue to rely more and more on technology, it ends up being a big part of our everyday lives. Technology helps us stay connected and safe. It's important for seniors to be able to learn about technology and become more comfortable with it. You never know when it will come in handy. Take time together to learn and grow with the ever-changing trends in the world of technology. Not only will you become more knowledgeable, you'll have fun too.